The Right to Data Protection

When you give your personal details to an organization or individual, they have a duty to keep these details private and safe. This process is known as data protection. We refer to organizations or individuals who control the contents and use of your personal details as 'data controllers'.

Most of us give information about ourselves to groups such as Government bodies, banks, insurance companies, medical professionals and telephone companies to use their services or meet certain conditions. Organizations or individuals can also get information about us from other sources. Under data protection law, you have rights regarding the use of these personal details and data controllers have certain responsibilities in how they handle this information.

More specifically:

  • Everyone has the right to the protection of their personal data.
  • A fundamental right in the EU, but not an absolute right.

Data Protection Law

  • Balances people’s rights, society’s needs, and the legitimate needs of businesses and organizations to process people’s personal information.

Current Regime

  • Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC)
  • Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003
  • Greek Data Protection Law 2472/1997

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